The good old days…
Recently I began adding some powerlifting into my training routine. At the suggestion of a friend I have employed a 5X5 Stronglift routine to help improve my lean muscle mass, fat burning, and overall strength. I don’t have any real suggestions for others that want to embark on this journey of insanity except check the ego at the door.
Many years ago…23+ to be exact, I was an avid lifter. I was always strong and felt I could lift in most gyms without feeling out of place. That was…many…years ago. Today…not so confident. MY max weights are much lighter, my recovery is longer, and my results a bit slower. This statement brought to you by the aging process.
I was humbled a few days ago when, as I slide on the plates for a grueling overhead press set, a young dude, thin, not particularly muscular stepped into the squat rack beside me and proceeded to clean and press 50-60 more lbs than what I had set up. Not cool.
So what is the lesson? The lesson was, I am not 23 years younger, have not seriously lifted in all that time and have no business trying to outdo a teenager regardless if my claves are the size of his waist. The lesson for us older, wiser folks is that the wisdom I have gained now will help keep me injury free longer. Good form is our friend people. Yes it is a little trying when I am tossing up dumbbells for shoulder presses that are half of what I used to warm up with. I see myself in some of the younger more zealous guys and know most advice is lost on them. I try to lead by example and hopefully they learn the lessons the easy way and uninjured.
So yes, getting older has its downside but the bigger bummer is that I have a renewed passion for lifting and am very remiss I gave it up for so long. Fitness, regardless of your particular passion should be for a lifetime.